'It would not be anti-Christian to change the law'

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey. Credit: PA

The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has broken free with the Church of England's stance on assisted dying and said it would not be 'anti-Christian' to legalise it.

Writing in the Daily Mail, he said he would be backing legislation tabled by Lord Falconer which proposes allowing doctors to prescribe a lethal dose to terminally ill patients with less than six months to live.

He warned that by opposing reform the Church risked 'promoting anguish and pain.'

It marks an extraordinary U-turn by the 78-year-old cleric, who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002.

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